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As 2018 comes to a close, it’s worth looking ahead to what the next year and beyond could bring as far as precision farming technology development and adoption.

Equipment automation, drone-based nutrient application and hybrid or electric machinery are among the innovations which are trending toward broader application, perhaps as soon as 2025, according to results of a recent study conducted by consulting company Roland Berger.

The Chicago-based firm surveyed more than 40 different ag companies, including the major OEMs, precision specific manufacturers and agribusiness start-ups.

Noteworthy takeaways from the 2018 study included indications that start-up companies are driving innovations that are outside of core manufacturing objectives for OEMs.

But there is also ongoing momentum for industry partnerships among small and large ag companies to develop machine learning and robotic technologies.

In today’s Precision Farming Dealer podcast we share excerpts from my conversation with Wilfried Aulbur, senior partner with Roland Berger, as we discuss the current and future progress of precision innovation, on both a national and global scale.

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